|Stephen, i've tried 1280x720p@48hz on the S3 and it works fine, which means there should be zero tearing from framerate conversion.
I was expecting some sort of flickering, but the image remains solid.
I know the S3 can do 48Hz, it actually slows down the color wheel, while 72Hz is converted back to 60Hz.
48Hz is important to me for one reason, remove NTSC motion artifacts, that are already in the source. Drop the 3:2 to 2:2 or pull it to 3:3 for 72Hz. Either will be fine for me as long as it's a full multiple of the original 24fps from film.
It's not that I'm not happy with CRT, but I want to do something that can't be done by a CRT. I'd like to have a 2.35:1 constant height screen, somewhere between 70" and 80" (between 164.5" and 188" wide @2.35:1). It should be perforated so I can place the speakers behind the screen and should have perforated side masking.
The S3 would perfectly work for me, as it does 48Hz. But since all DLPs only do 720p and can't display de-interlaced material from 1080i sources (at least not without loss of resolution), it's a big no-no for it's price.
The Sharp is really cheap in japan and it wouldn't hurt me if I order one and then end up using it as a second or party projector.
The S3 would cost me an additional â‚¬2500,- and I consider that too expensive for a 720p projector, that I'll sell anyway once 1080p is out.